Record-high 439 new cases of COVID-19 in Sask; 93 people in hospital

There are 439 new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, the highest daily total since the pandemic began, bringing the provincial total to date to 6,237 cases.

Fluctuation in daily case numbers can be expected, as a result of factors including weather-related and logistical delays in lab specimens reaching the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory. The seven-day average of daily cases is 203 (16.7 new cases per 100,000 population), information which will be now be regularly reported.

Today’s case number reflects a new daily high of 4,580 tests processed yesterday in the province.

The new cases are located in the Far North West (9), Far North East (13), North West (56), North Central (43), North East (11), Saskatoon (170), Central West (8), Central East (13), Regina (56), South West (14), South Central (18) and South East (19) zones. Nine (9) new cases have pending residence information.

Of the 6,237 reported cases, 2,537 are considered active. A total of 3,667 people have recovered.

Ninety-three people are in hospital. Seventy-two people are receiving inpatient care; eight in the North West, seven in North Central, one in the North East, 32 in Saskatoon, one in Central East, five in Regina, one in South Central and 17 in the South East zone. Twenty-one people are in intensive care: three in North Central, eleven in Saskatoon, one in Central East, one in South West and five in Regina.

Premier Scott Moe weighed in on the record case increase. He said “while it’s too soon for the new measures implemented last week to have made an impact, we are continuing to evaluate the situation closely and will consider further measures. Our government is working closely with Dr. Shahab and public health officials and will have more to say early next week.”

He continued to encourage residents to all do our part to keep ourselves and those around us safe.

“Reduce your number of contacts and your activity outside the home. If you do go out, wear a mask, which is now required in all indoor public places everywhere in Saskatchewan. Physically distance, wash your hands often, stay home when you can,” said Moe. “We can keep ourselves and those around us safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by taking these steps.”

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